2017 World Baseball Classic

Finals Schedule

Date Time Gm Away   Home Broadcast Attendance
03/21 Tue 10:00 1 Netherlands 3-4 Puerto Rico TBS,
J Sports
03/22 Wed 10:00 2 United States 2-1 Japan TBS,
J Sports
03/23 Thu 10:00 3 United States 8-0 Puerto Rico TV Asahi,
J Sports

Times in Japan Standard Time.

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[8/29/2016] 2017 World Baseball Classic Survey (UPDATE 9/12 @ 2:04am)

I have been asked to do a little research on the 2017 World Baseball Classic. Information I gather could be used in a article that will be published in the next issue of Baseball Times. Those of you that have watched any of YakyuDB’s streams should be familiar with the name. They are a legitimate baseball publication in Japan.



[4/29/2017] Motohiro Shima out with lower back pain

Motohiro Shima complained of lower back pain this morning and was later taken off the active roster. The Rakuten Eagles decided to take him off the active roster because they felt he would not be able to play in any games for at least about a week.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/29/2017, Sports Hochi 4/29/2017, Sponichi 4/29/2017


[4/29/2017] Yuki Karakawa earns domestic FA option

Yuki Karakawa earned his domestic free agent option today with eight years of service time on the active roster.

Source: Sponichi 4/29/2017, Nikkan Sports 4/29/2017


[4/28/2017] Kyuji Fujikawa leaves after deflecting ball with hand

Kyuji Fujikawa left tonight’s game against Chunichi after he took a batted ball off his right hand.

Yohei Oshima lead-off the ninth inning by hitting a ball back up the middle. Fujikawa reacted by sticking out his right hand. The ball struck the hand and bounced toward Fumiya Hojo at short. Hojo fielded the ball and just got Oshima out at first.

Fujikawa left the field for treatment but did not return.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/28/2017


[4/28/2017] Yuki Yanagita leaves game after HBP

Yuki Yanagita left tonight’s game against Orix after a hit-by-pitch during his second plate appearance in the top of the third inning. The ball hit Yanagita near the back of his left knee. He remained in the game and received treatment after the inning ended, but did not return to the field to play defense.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/28/2017, Daily Sports 4/28/2017

[UPDATE 4/29 @ 7:18pm]

Yanagita was hit in the left hamstring. He still has some swelling in the area. He was left out of the starting line-up tonight against the Orix Buffaloes. He played some catch but did not take batting practice during pre-game practices today. The Softbank Hawks are not planning to take him off the active roster.

Source: Sponichi 4/29/2017


[4/28/2017] Dean Green out with calf injury

Dean Green suffered a strain in his left calf during fielding practices on April 23. He could end up missing quite a bit of time.

The Yakult Swallows signed Green as insurance for Kazuhiro Hatakeyama. However, due to roster restrictions, he was stuck at Ni-gun. There were plans to call Green up when they decided to take Ross Ohlendorf off the active roster on April 23, but those plans changed when he suffered the injury on the same day.

Source: ZakZak 4/28/2017


[4/27/2017] Kotaro Kiyomiya, Daiju Nomura hit two homers each in Waseda Jitsugyo victory

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 R H E
NichiDaiSan 4 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 7 0 0 0 17 15 0
Waseda Jitsugyo 2 0 2 0 2 0 5 2 4 0 0 1 18 21 2

The game ended at around 10:05pm and lasted 4h02m. Attendance was announced at 20,000. Closing ceremonies were canceled due to the time.

Waseda Jitsugyo won its ninth championship, first in thirty-five years.



[4/27/2017] Chunichi’s Ogasawara and Softbank’s Kawasaki

Shinnosuke Ogasawara started a Ni-gun game against Softbank at Nagoya Stadium today. He gave up a run on three hits over six innings of work. He threw 100 pitches, struck out nine, and topped out at 145km/h. Chunichi beat Softbank 3-1.

Ogasawara pitched well early on and held Softbank to one infield hit through five innings. He gave up a run on a walk and a double to Munenori Kawasaki in the sixth.

On a side note: Kawasaki started at third (he moved to second in the fourth inning and was replaced by a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning) and batted lead-off for Softbank. He went 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI. He is expected to make the active roster in time for the Orix three-game series that begins on April 28.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/27/2017, Sports Hochi 4/27/2017, Sponichi 4/27/2017, Sports Hochi 4/27/2017, Nikkan Sports 4/27/2017


[4/27/2017] Norihiro Nakamura to coach high school baseball

Hamamatsu Kaiseikan announced on April 26 that they hired former Kintetsu Buffalo Norihiro Nakamura as a part-time coach for their high school team. He got the job because he is acquainted with the school’s baseball manager Kokoro Sano (they both started their professional careers after they were selected during the 1991 draft).

Nakamura earned his license to coach students last year in February. He will be coaching players on hitting and fielding one to two times a month.

Source: Nikkan Sports 4/27/2017, Sanspo 4/27/2017


[4/27/2017] Nippon Ham Fighters’s ten-game losing streak

According to Sports Hochi:

The Nippon Ham Fighters have been through five double-digit losing streaks in the team’s history:

  • fourteen-game losing streak: July to August 1984 (three ties)
  • eleven-game losing streak: May to June 2005 (two ties)
  • ten-game losing streak: August 1959 (one tie)
  • ten-game losing streak: July to August 1968 (one tie)
  • ten-game losing streak: April 2017 (no ties)

The Fighters are the third team in NPB history to go on a ten-game losing streak during the year after they finished in first place. The other two teams: 1961 Taiyo (eleven-game losing streak) and 1976 Hiroshima (eleven-game losing streak).

Source: Sports Hochi 4/27/2017


[4/26/2017] Eigoro Mogi misses game with heel pain

Eigoro Mogi did not play in tonight’s game against the Chiba Lotte Marines at Kobo Park Miaygi because of pain in his left heel. He suffered the injury while running the bases during the Lotte game on April 25.

Source: Sanspo 4/26/2017, Sports Hochi 4/26/2017

[UPDATE 4/28 @ 7:32pm]

Mogi is expected to return to the starting line-up on April 29.

Source: Daily Spots 4/28/2017

NPB Standings [Full]
Hiroshima 26 16 9 1
Hanshin 23 13 10 0
Yomiuri 24 13 11 0
Yokohama 24 10 12 2
Chunichi 25 9 13 3
Yakult 24 9 15 0
Rakuten 20 15 5 0
Orix 22 15 7 0
Seibu 22 11 10 1
Softbank 25 13 12 0
Lotte 23 7 15 1
Nippon Ham 24 6 18 0
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